Get excited: All ObamaCare, all the time

posted at 7:51 pm on August 30, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

We knew it was coming — the grand opening of the exchanges is barely a month a way, and Americans are still largely confused about how ObamaCare is going to impact their lives — but that isn’t going to make this any more pleasant. The administration and Democrats in general are going to have to get vocal on ObamaCare during it’s rollout, whether they like it or not, to do plenty of damage control on the inevitable “kinks” they’re carefully assuring us will be part of the process, via Politico:

The White House is mapping out a strategy to deploy the president, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden in what will be their most coordinated effort yet to sell Obamacare, senior administration officials said.

A burst of activity will coincide with the October opening of the insurance marketplaces, but the West Wing views this next phase as something more akin to a political campaign’s push for early votes. Over the six-month enrollment period, the White House will use the Obamas and Bidens strategically, tracking the turnout for the exchanges in key states and sending them into weak markets to boost numbers. …

But in the last month alone, Obama has plugged the new health benefits on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” convened a videoconference with state health officials from the Situation Room, devoted a weekly address to the law and tweeted about it with Katy Perry, who boasts 41 million followers. …

It’s his best opportunity to prove critics wrong and begin turning around public opinion if the rollout can beat expectations, which the president is already trying to downplay with his refrain that Obamacare won’t be the first flawless enterprise in human history.

Obama, hit the campaign trail? How new and different!

Unfortunately, we also know that campaigning is also one of the few things for which the Obama machine shouldn’t be underestimated — and hey, since ObamaCare is so obligingly causing employers to cut so many Americans’ paid working hours, they should have plenty of time to get out and see him! Isn’t that nice?

Here’s something worth paying attention to this Labor Day: The workweek in low-wage industries has fallen back to the historic lows seen at the depths of the recession. …

For the 30 million workers in industries where nonsupervisors average about $14.50 an hour or less, the workweek has been shrinking pretty steadily for the past 18 months, reversing a fledgling recovery in work hours.

As of June, these workers averaged 27.7 hours per week — only four minutes more than the record low hit in March 2009.

And preliminary data point to a further decline in the low-wage workweek in July, possibly to new depths. Sectorwide July data show the workweek shrank in both the leisure and hospitality and retail industries, among others. Those two industries alone account for nearly 75% of these 30 million low-wage jobs.


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For the 30 million workers in industries where nonsupervisors average about $14.50 an hour or less, the workweek has been shrinking pretty steadily for the past 18 months, reversing a fledgling recovery in work hours.

Watch for a rise in drug dealing,burglary,food theft,copper and metal theft,and lots of smuggeling from Mexico.Unintended consequences caused by free health care.

docflash on August 30, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Business owners beware: Obama is coming after you.

txhsmom on August 30, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Americans are still largely confused about how and when ObamaCare is going to impact terminate their lives

VorDaj on August 30, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Isn’t pimping Barky 24/7 is what PBS and the Ass. Press are for?

viking01 on August 30, 2013 at 8:04 PM

and how many LIV still believe Ocare is ‘free?’

CoffeeLover on August 30, 2013 at 8:05 PM

“Dogs won’t eat our dog food.”

“We need better labeling.”

Akzed on August 30, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Just like the NHS, worshipping the state.

Murphy9 on August 30, 2013 at 8:12 PM

7 million to sign up, many youth, or bust.

Work harder. The millions spent on marketing this crapload would treat a lot of people.

The buffoons for obama artists could donate a lot of their millions, to treat the poor, alas.

Johnson too.

Michelle obama’s lobsters could treat a lot more. Plus, she, the cow, dumped poor patients in Chicago, illegally.

obama’s private and national vacation dough could treat many.

Jackson/Sharpton/Matthews and such’s dough could treat a lot of the poor.

Shut up, you hypocrites. Socialism is never for you.

May your heads pop, into a million pieces, every time you lie or do something this stupid.

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Propaganda is the only thing that is easily available regarding obamacare.

Philo Beddoe on August 30, 2013 at 8:13 PM

…and Americans are still largely confused about how ObamaCare is going to impact their lives.

Confusion requires a basic level of knowledge to be confused about. Nobody knows what’s going to happen because the regulations haven’t been written, Obama is winging it with the waivers, and the insurance companies and employers haven’t finalized all their plans to deal with government institutions that don’t exist yet. Confusion is not the word. I can think of some words, but they would be censored.

Fenris on August 30, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Before long Mr. Obama will not be able to do his fraudulent health care campaign without being greeted by scornful audiences making rude noises. Get your shots in very soon, Sir.

Mason on August 30, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Isn’t the Obama propaganda awesome! Will the O-circle every go away!?!

txhsmom on August 30, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Obama, hit the campaign trail? How new and different!

…well!…it is A Law!

KOOLAID2 on August 30, 2013 at 8:18 PM

The hell you say, this will be great.

Does soylent green come in different flavors or is that asking too much?

D-fusit on August 30, 2013 at 8:18 PM

All hands on deck.

Indeed…’cause the Titanic is already way deep, tilted down at the front…

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Michelle obama’s lobsters could treat a lot more. Plus, she, the cow, dumped poor patients in Chicago, illegally.

Well, the University of Chicago paid her over $300,000/year to ease her conscience. It’s a tough job hurting the poor, but she had to do it.

txhsmom on August 30, 2013 at 8:22 PM

“Dogs won’t eat our dog food.”

“We need better labeling.”

Akzed on August 30, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Silly Akzed: dogs don’t read the labels!

(However, it certainly looks like the Obamacare gurus intend no dogfooding at all.)

(PS 10 of 21 Dog Foods Mislabeled, Recent Testing Shows )

AesopFan on August 30, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Picture contest

One scarecrow, two dummies and a PHd.

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Americans are still largely confused about how ObamaCare is going to impact their lives

It’ll be shorter, poorer and less free.

forest on August 30, 2013 at 8:24 PM

The White House is mapping out a strategy to deploy the president, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden

Nothing says you’re for the little guy like sending out a bunch of rich, ivy league schooled, elites.

txhsmom on August 30, 2013 at 8:28 PM

“Dogs won’t eat our dog food.”

“We need better labeling.”

Akzed on August 30, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Pretty soon we’ll all be fighting Barky’s dog for dinner!

viking01 on August 30, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Free hot dogs for each application. And a new phone too.

Only, the dogs are Soylent Green and the phones are empty soup cans attached by string.

Gotta cut back for the greater good yah know.

Also, we’re increasing the chocolate ration from 25 grams to 20.

patman77 on August 30, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Bwahahahahahahaha

the health care market will be a federally controlled and federally regulated oligopoly and will therefore resemble the Soviet Union bread market.

Government will determine who is an authorized provider and will therefore determine (and therefore limit) supply. Government will also determine who is an authorized payer (only authorized insurers and the government itself through Medicare and Medicaid) and therefore limit “demand.”

Although the hapless suckers who enter the trap based on the promise of “improved health care” will think that it will serve their “demand” for health care, it will not.

Obamacare is set up to stop the gushing of red ink from federal Medicare and Medicaid. The only way to do this is to for the federal government to get control of costs. The only way to do this is for the federal government to complete control of the market and deny payment, deny services or exclude providers who, according to the federal government, “overcharge.”

This is already happening and ACA is not even off the ground. Just look at the recent actions of Massachusetts Governor and Obama acolyte Deval Patrick. He has signed a “cost containment” law that will limit state ACA expenditures. Moody’s reports that the law is “credit negative” for hospitals as will “limit revenue growth” and “reduce their operating flexibility.”

The reality of Obamacare is that the very wealthy and the independent thinkers will avoid the suckers trap and will seek free-market health care outside of ACA and will obtain real, discerning, market-based holistic health care.

The poor suckers who enter the allopathic ACA trap will soon realize that it will not and cannot provide the services they need. They will wake up to the fact that the ACA system resembles the Bataan Death March more than the health care they once enjoyed.

That is when the hapless suckers will discover what the federal government really means by “universal” health care — there is no way out.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on August 30, 2013 at 8:34 PM

and how many LIV still believe Ocare is ‘free?’

CoffeeLover on August 30, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Umm, all of them?

Lanceman on August 30, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Americans are still largely confused about how ObamaCare is going to impact their lives..

jimver on August 30, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Ahh, but now we know what’s in it! Everything is good.

HiJack on August 30, 2013 at 8:42 PM

It’s pretty bad when you have to use your failed domestic policies to distract from your oncoming foreign policy disasters.

Flange on August 30, 2013 at 8:42 PM

And they’re using librarians across the country to shill this crap.
Remember the thread a short time ago about the American Library Association (ALA) volunteering librarians to push obamacare? Wel, it’s happening.
My wife has been a librarian for 15 years, and is ready to quit because they are in fact being indoctrinated and trained to act as obamacare salespeople and help the sheeple fill out their forms.
As my wife is so frustrated about, librarians no longer just help people find information, like where to get tax forms – in the case of obamacare they are actually supposed to help people decide what to sign up for and fill out the forms for them.

dentarthurdent on August 30, 2013 at 8:44 PM

It’s confusing!

Oh wait, no, only Bush’s drug program was confusing.

PattyJ on August 30, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Whatever happened to those Benghazi hearings…?

HiJack on August 30, 2013 at 8:58 PM

I envision people running for national offices and basing their campaigns on trashing Obamacare, then winning in landslides. Of course, by then, we’ll be a nation of part-time workers, but what the hey!

HiJack on August 30, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Whatever happened to those Benghazi hearings…?

HiJack on August 30, 2013 at 8:58 PM

They’re successfully overrunning us with shiny squirrels…..

dentarthurdent on August 30, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Isn’t pimping Barky 24/7 is what PBS and the Ass. Press are for?

viking01 on August 30, 2013 at 8:04 PM

MSDNC’s non-stop @$$ kissing of Obama makes PBS and the AP look respectable in comparison.

Myron Falwell on August 30, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Whatever happened to those Benghazi hearings…?

HiJack on August 30, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Those died away in May. Didn’t stop Hilary’s inevitable coronation as the first female president in 2017 when she defeats RINO pick Kristie Kreme.

and how many LIV still believe Ocare is ‘free?’

CoffeeLover on August 30, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Calling people stupid or dumb is a sure sign that the argument is lost. It’s a lib tactic after they lose to a conservative in an argument. I can’t go for that.

Myron Falwell on August 30, 2013 at 9:18 PM

More lipstick for the pig!

GarandFan on August 30, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Wag. The. Dog.

HiJack on August 30, 2013 at 9:24 PM

The White House is mapping out a strategy to deploy the president, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden in what will be their most coordinated effort yet to sell Obamacare, senior administration officials said.

Oh, their stategy is to pimp out, er “deploy”, as many celebrities as possible.

Here’s one example:

Earvin Magic Johnson ‏@MagicJohnson 29 Aug
There was great information and strategy that was laid out in the meeting today at the White House with Pres. Obama!

ITguy on August 30, 2013 at 9:59 PM

I think a lot of people that work for a living don’t understand Obamacare..

It’s not about you – it’s basically Obamaphone..but same people for free medical care at your doctor of choice..standing in front of you and paying nothing – since you work and have a limited schedule and will just have to wait.

celt on August 30, 2013 at 10:14 PM

So thats why Magic Johnson was at the White House.

“Sign up or you may get AIDS and die”

Then Magic will launch Health Care centers within his urban movie theaters.

Odie1941 on August 30, 2013 at 10:33 PM

I really wonder what Bart Stupak is thinking.

SouthernGent on August 30, 2013 at 10:47 PM

the West Wing views this next phase as something more akin to a political campaign’s push for early votes.

Has he stopped campaigning?

Patriot Vet on August 30, 2013 at 10:47 PM

I really wonder what Bart Stupak is thinking.

SouthernGent on August 30, 2013 at 10:47 PM

He’s thinking he pulled a fast one, pretending to be pro life just long enough to get a lucrative lobbying job.

Flange on August 30, 2013 at 11:05 PM

I envision people running for national offices and basing their campaigns on trashing Obamacare, then winning in landslides, and then going back on their promises. Of course, by then, we’ll be a nation of part-time workers, but what the hey!

HiJack on August 30, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Cleombrotus on August 30, 2013 at 11:06 PM

i got piece of health care.

what about the rest of y’all?

renalin on August 30, 2013 at 11:41 PM

obamacare is for suckers.

if i’m sick

‘m taken care of.

i’m

renalin on August 30, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Obama, hit the campaign trail? How new and different!


Remmber, when your only tool is a hammer all your problems look like nails.

Fred 2 on August 31, 2013 at 12:10 AM

Hey! If it’s got the name Obama in it’s title it has to be good! Right?

Oxymoron on August 31, 2013 at 12:23 AM

It isn’t just the numbers they need to sign up, it is who. Unless a strong proportion of the new enrollees are young and healthy, it’s a big problem very soon.

The young, healthy people who don’t sign up may not get the full hit of O-Care until they file their 2014 taxes in early 2015. It is then that those expecting their usual nice refund will discover the penalty is deducted – and they may even owe money.

So they won’t be fully motivated in time for 2014, and of course many young people earn little enough they may qualify for subsidies, but the young up-and-coming professionals and families will be hit, hard.

In the meantime, the costs and their uncertain ceilings are a huge drag on business expansion, and thereby also on job creation.

Whoever said, “Elections matter” was right on target.

Adjoran on August 31, 2013 at 1:48 AM

That’s nice.
Now who do I call to get my waiver?

FlaMurph on August 31, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Great idea for a protest: stand outside a medical building in October sometime and film angry LIVs leave after being told there is no free medical care.

PattyJ on August 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Will Obamacare be repealed or won’t it? Will Congress fund it or won’t it? Blah, blah, blah. We the people just need to do what we need to do and Congress be damned. Resist. Refuse. Revolt. We did not comply with Prohibition and we simply should not comply with Obamacare. For religious reasons. For privacy reasons. For the cause of liberty and freedom and in protest of the idea that the federal government (under one party rule, no less), can force private citizens to purchase anything with our own money. Are we citizens or subjects? Mice or men(women)? Just say NO to socialism and to the corrupt, unionized, far left IRS, the gestapo of America’s political class. After all, the federal government ignores millions of illegals who are breaking U.S. immigration law every day and nothing happens to them. Selective enforcement of our laws is just as UN-Constitutional as the Obamacare law itself! (Supreme Court be damned as well). Our Founder pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. All we have to do is just say no to a scheme we all know is un-American and a violation of the most basic fundamentals of privacy, self reliance, limited government and individual freedom that founded this nation.

devan95 on August 31, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Great idea for a protest: stand outside a medical building in October sometime and film angry LIVs leave after being told there is no free medical care.

PattyJ on August 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM

You can’t fix stupid, and you can’t cure LIVs. If they are told it’s not free because of the Republicans, they will believe it.

slickwillie2001 on August 31, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Where did they get that wrapping paper to put that heifer in?

Murphy9 on August 31, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Of course, the budget talks have broken down. What else can he do?

unclesmrgol on September 2, 2013 at 5:59 PM